Eating for Health, Not Weight

A widely publicized study earlier this year showed that a low-carb Atkins-type diet might be a faster way to lose weight.

Also, we found that it changed gene expression in over 500 genes in just three months, “turning on” genes that protect against disease and “turning off” genes that promote breast cancer, Eating for Health, Not Weightprostate cancer, inflammation and oxidative stress.

An optimal diet is low in unhealthful carbs (both sugar and other refined carbohydrates) and low in fat (especially saturated fats and trans fats) as well as in red meat and processed foods.

Calories do count fat is much denser in calories, so when you eat less fat, you consume fewer calories, without consuming less food.

People are drawn to Atkins-type diets in part because, as the study showed, they produce a higher metabolic rate.

Amphetamines will also increase your metabolism and burn calories faster, which is why they are used to help people lose weight, at least temporarily.

Patients on an Atkins diet in this study showed more than double the level of CRP (C-reactive protein), which is a measure of chronic inflammation and also significantly higher levels of cortisol, a key stress hormone.

An important article in The New England Journal of Medicine examined data from a study showing that high-protein, low-carb diets promote coronary artery disease even if they don’t increase traditional cardiac risk factors like blood pressure or cholesterol levels.

A diet low in fat and high in unrefined carbohydrates caused the least amount of coronary artery blockages, whereas an Atkins-type diet caused the most.

Outcomes from more than 37,000 men from the Harvard-sponsored Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and more than 83,000 women from the Nurses’ Health Study who were followed for many years showed that consumption of both processed and unprocessed red meat, a mainstay of an Atkins diet, is associated with an increased risk of premature death as well as greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes .

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